Music

"The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art."
~ Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy #112
 

The Second Vatican Council defined the purpose of sacred music to be "the glory of God and the sanctification of the faithful" (Sacrosanctum Concilium #112), and this is exactly what we try to achieve in the liturgical music at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. We seek to glorify God through music of many styles, from Gregorian Chant to hymnody to sacred choral music to "contemporary Christian" liturgical music. We seek to follow both the letter and the spirit of the Catholic Church's liturgy documents in an effort to provide music of "dynamic orthodoxy."

Each and every one of us is a member of the most important musical ensemble at Mass: the sacred assembly! All are called to "that full, conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations called for by the very nature of the liturgy," a participation that is "their right and duty by reason of their baptism" (SC #14).

 

Music Leadership


However, there are, of course, some who are called to be leaders of this ministry. The Our Lady of Mount Carmel community is blessed with well over 100 musicians who give generously of their time and God-given musical talent to lead our community in sung prayer. Each ensemble is responsible for particular Masses, and all are invited to sing at other special liturgies throughout the year. Shared prayer is a vital component of every rehearsal; our ministry is grounded in service and devotion to our God.

If you are being called to serve the Lord through music, we are eager to welcome you to the OLMC Music Ministry team. Please take a few minutes to read about what we do. This website lists existing music ministry opportunities, but ideas for new areas of ministry are welcome. Read on, pray about your role in music ministry, and give us a call to join in making a joyful noise unto the Lord!

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Singers and instrumentalists who wish to take part in music ministry should call Rex Rund, the Director of Music and Liturgy, at 317-663-4007 or e-mail   to discuss the possibilities. Rex will meet with you to help you determine which ensemble or ministry is the best fit for your gifts, your schedule, and the parish needs.

Even if you're not musical, you can help out! A small group of volunteers meets at the music room most Tuesday mornings from 10:00-11:30 to tend the parish music library, help out with mailings and clerical tasks, repair hymnals, etc. Please give the music director a call to make sure we're meeting on a particular morning, and come join us!

 

Choirs/Ensembles & Cantors

Cantors

Leader: Rex Rund (317-663-4007)

  • Individual singers who fill the dual role of song leader and psalmist (singing the Responsorial Psalm) at Mass
  • Individual cantors minister at 8:00am and 12:30 Masses. Cantors for all other Masses are from the ensemble responsible for each Mass.
  • Potential new cantors must audition and be trained for this ministry.
  • Rehearsals Wednesday 5:30-7:00pm by appointment with the organist

 

Pueri Cantores Children's Choir

Leaders: Rex Rund (317-663-4007) and Mary Ann Keck

  • Open to all children in grades 2-8 at any school, public, private, or home school
  • Unison and 2-part singing of choral and liturgical music of many styles
  • Lead music at children's liturgy on the 3rd Saturday of month at 5:30pm Mass
  • Rehearsals Tuesdays from 4:15-5:15 p.m. during the school year
  • Emphasis on prayer, ministry, and good, solid vocal technique and choral discipline
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Coro Español

Leader: Lauren March (317-846-3475)

  • Small ensemble singing Spanish and bilingual music of many styles
  • Sing at 7:00pm Spanish Mass every Sunday
  • Rehearsals Sunday 6:15 p.m.

Antioch Teen Ensemble

Leader: Kayser Swidan (574-9751)

  • High school singers and instrumentalists proclaiming God's word through mostly contemporary liturgical music
  • Lead music at OLMC 5:30 Sunday evening Mass throughout the year. Also lead music for annual Destination Jesus retreat.
  • Rehearsals weekly prior to Mass, from 4:15-5:30pm
  • Membership in Antioch (high school youth group) strongly encouraged.
  • Fellowship and fun for young people in the Lord's service.

Gloria Dei (Glory of God) Choir

Leader: Rex Rund (317-663-4007)

  • Four-part SATB choir of 50+ members
  • Sing choral music of many styles (chant, motets, traditional and contemporary choral works, spirituals, etc.)
  • Lead music at OLMC 11:00am Mass every Sunday from September through Pentecost
  • Rehearsals at OLMC each Wednesday from 8:00-9:30pm during same calendar period
  • Several outreach concerts and performances through the year

Bells of Our Lady Handbell Choir

Leaders: Brian Wise (317-580-9594) and Carol Oberbroeckling (317-896-2823)

  • Uses the unique sound of handbells to enhance liturgical music at various liturgies
  • Perform outside concerts
  • Rehearsals Wednesday 6:30-8:00pm

Men's Ensemble

Leader: Dan Sloan (317-571-9448)

  • Small ensemble specializing in contemporary liturgical music
  • Lead the singing at 8:00am Mass 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month
  • Rehearsals flexible

Resurrection Choir

Leader: Rex Rund (317-663-4007)

  • This choir leads the music at parish funerals, providing great comfort to the bereaved.
  • Only two rehearsals each year, and you can sing at whatever funerals you are available for, not necessarily all.
  • You need not be a member of another music group to join.

Saturday Evening Ensemble

  • Two-part and three-part mixed vocal ensemble accompanied by guitars and piano; all instruments welcome
  • Musical styles include both contemporary and traditional music
  • Lead music at OLMC 5:30pm Mass every Saturday
  • Rehearsals generally Tuesday at OLMC from 7:00 pm and/or Saturday at 4:00 pm

Schola Cantorum

Leader: Rex Rund (317-663-4007)

  • 4-part small (auditioned) choir specializing in Gregorian chant and polyphonic choral music in Latin and English
  • Mostly traditional music
  • Lead music at OLMC 9:30am Mass 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month
  • Rehearsals each Wednesday evening from 6-7:15 pm

Women's Ensemble

Leader: Alan Jordan (317-782-1276)

  • Two and three-part treble choral music, ranging from classical to contemporary
  • Lead music at OLMC 9:30 am Mass 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month from September through Pentecost
  • Rehearsals each Wednesday evening from 7-8:00 pm during same calendar period

 

Music Scholarship to Guerin Catholic High School

Questions: Rex Rund ( )

Incoming freshmen at Guerin Catholic H.S. are invited to apply for the Barry W. Klemm Memorial Music Scholarship for the 2017-18 school year. The inaugural year of this scholarship will see one student awarded a scholarship of up to $1500 toward tuition at GCHS.  The student must be an OLMC parishioner who is an incoming 9th grader and will be involved in both school and OLMC parish music.  Application materials include school transcripts, an audition recording, and an essay; application deadline is April 15, 2017.  Application packets are available in the Parish Office and in the St. Cecilia Music Room.  Or download application form here

 


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